Changes in CDC Guidance for Both Pharmacy Staff and the Public
Through the ever-changing and escalating COVID-19 pandemic, pharmacists continue to heroically serve their communities on the front-lines. In response, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has released updated guidance to protect both pharmacy staff and the public.
As of April 14, everyone entering a pharmacy should wear a face covering, regardless of symptoms. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians should wear a face mask at all times while in the pharmacy. In addition, some preventative services requiring face-to-face encounters will be postponed.
According to the CDC, “Pharmacies play an important role in providing medicines, therapeutics, vaccines, and critical health services to the public. Ensuring continuous function of pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic is important.”
IPA's Executive Vice President & CEO, Kate Gainer, stated, “Over 90% of Americans live within 5 miles of a community pharmacy. Pharmacists are providing essential care and services along with other healthcare professionals and essential workers. Pharmacists will rise to meet the challenge of COVID-19 and continue to serve their patients and their communities.”